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Summer Birthday Celebration Ideas in London

19 July 2019 | Billie Manning

All you summer babies: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Summer babies have it good - pretty much guaranteed good weather, mates in good moods and ready to party... did we mention the good weather? But if you're stuck for what to do when the big day rolls around, we've got you covered. Just think of us as your personal event planners...

For nature-lovers:
If you’re a summer water-baby (ahem, Cancers) or just want to fulfil your childhood dreams of having a pool party, there are a ton of fun ways to celebrate your birthday à l’eau in the summer. Dive into our list of London’s best lidos making a splash this summer – you can bring along a birthday picnic to feast on poolside. And if you don’t want to be in it up to your neck, then why don’t you head out on one of these wonderful waterside walks? There are way more pretty canals in London than you first thought – trust us. These are economical birthday celebration plans which won’t break the bank, so you can invite as many pals along as you’d like. Just remember to tell them to bring their cossies!
 
For cocktail-lovers:
Love to party hard? Birthdays are the best excuse to do so, and summer is the best time of year to get out and about for a nice birthday drink… or five. We have an incredible selection of rooftop bars you can visit with a group of friends – many of them allow group bookings where you can get a table or an area all to yourselves, and who wouldn’t want to be literally on top of the world for a birthday party? If heights aren't your thing though, celebrate the joy of taking another turn around the sun with a visit to a tropical bar. And if you’d rather keep it super casual or you're a North London local, check out our list of the best beer gardens in North London.
 
For food-lovers:
One of the best ways to celebrate a birthday is to gather round and have a proper feast. And it’s best when you don’t have to lift a finger to do so. Summer is a great time for a big group meal al fresco – if you’re in South London, we have the perfect fit: a guide to the very best places for outdoor dining south of the river. If you’d rather not venture in that direction, there’s no need to grill us for the best pub barbecues in the capital – we’ve already made a list. Grab a celebratory pint or two while the sausages are sizzling.  
 
For film-lovers:
For a more unusual way to celebrate, why not head to an outdoor cinema? London always has a good selection of open air screenings, from Luna Cinema to Rooftop Cinema – we’ve got your back when it comes to recommendations. But if you’re not taken by any of the films on offer and you’re lucky enough to have some outdoor space as part of your home, why not create your own outdoor cinema by popping a projector in your garden? We like this list of summery films – they’ll warm your heart even if it’s cloudy.
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